Dates to remember:

Nov. 6: 4-H volunteer training, Linton

Nov 7: Stepping On-Falls Prevention, Mandan, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Nov 8: Coffee with Marissa, Morton County Courthouse, 10 a.m.-noon

Nov. 13, 20, 27: Active Parenting of Teens, Mandan

Nov. 21, 28 and Dec. 5: Design Your Succession Plan, Mandan 6-8:30 p.m.

Have you heard about the Morton County 4-H Shooting Sports program? If not, you are probably thinking to yourself, but 4-H is not about shooting sports. Well you are right to a degree. The 4-H Shooting Sports program is rather new to 4-H, within the last 10 years, and it provides youth with some great opportunities to work with other youth and trained adult volunteer instructors.

The 4-H Shooting Sports program is a nontraditional 4-H project helping youth to develop life skills, as well as safely use firearms. We use the shooting activities as a vehicle to teach teamwork, cooperation and responsibility. In 2017, the Morton County 4-H Archery team represented North Dakota at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships held in Grand Island, Neb., placing third overall and the 4-H Hunting Skills team placed sixth overall.

The archery program holds workouts on Mondays beginning Jan. 8. Equipment is available for beginner archers during workouts. Workouts will teach safe handling and proper care of equipment, shooting techniques and ethics of a good shooter. Instructors are certified through the NDSU Extension Service Center. There is a fee to participate in shooting sports to assist in covering the cost of insurance, 3-D targets, NASP targets, bows and arrows. Archery is open to all youth ages 8 through 18 as of Jan. 1.

The Small Bore Rifle program will collaborate with the Bismarck/Mandan Rifle and Pistol Association’s Junior Marksmanship Program and their certified NRA instructors. If you are interested in the small-bore rifle program, the first workout will be held Dec. 7 at the Johnson Family Marksmanship Center, 4667 Skyway, in Bismarck. The small-bore rifle program is open to all youth ages 12 through 18.

4-H Shooting Sports provides tournaments throughout the year at locations around the state. The first tournament is scheduled Jan. 27.

Participants in 4-H Shooting Sports are enrolled members of the 4-H program.

Civic U

Do you love running 4-H meetings? Do you want to become better at understanding and practicing parliamentary procedure? Do you like to have fun with other 4-H youth?

Then Civic U is for you.

Civic U, which focuses on parliamentary procedure and leadership development for youth in grades six to eight, will be held Nov. 10 at the North Dakota 4-H Camp near Washburn. This is a team event. Each team consists of five members, and the winning team will receive a large gavel traveling trophy.

The registration fee is $50 per team and includes lunch. Youth must be on a team to register

Volunteer training 

Join us for an evening to improve your skills as a 4-H teen or adult volunteer, parent, or staff member helping youth on their own 4-H journey. Attending one of these events is a great way for 4-H volunteers to gather new 4-H project ideas. 4-H volunteers may attend any location: Emmons County, Nov. 6; Williams County, Nov. 7; Hettinger County, Nov. 27; Benson County, Nov. 28; and LaMoure County, Nov. 30.

Each location will offer 4-H project-related workshops based on feedback from last year’s 4-H volunteer training evaluations and Extension staff input. This year’s workshops include Hippology: Where do I Begin?; Consumer Choices; Teaching 4-H Science through Rube Goldberg Machines; Outdoor Skills and Natural Resources; and Take 10 for Citizenship.

For additional information on volunteer workshops, contact the NDSU Extension Service Morton County at 701-667-3340 or email Karla Meikle, 4-H Youth Development Morton County at karla.meikle@ndsu.edu.

Karla Meikle is the Morton County Extension agent for 4-H Youth Development.

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